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The Commercial Agents Regulations: a step behind the times?

By Alex Williamson The Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 (the Regulations) are 25 years old this year. An evaluation by the European Commission concluded in 2015 that the underlying Commercial Agents Directive (the Directive) still met its objectives and functioned well. However, a recent Court of Appeal decision has shown that the legislation is struggling to […]

Exclusion clauses under the spotlight: UCTA reasonableness

By Perran Jervis In decisions handed down one day apart, the Court of Appeal concluded that a far-reaching exclusion clause which limited liability for negligence was reasonable under the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (UCTA), whereas an exclusion clause in a lease (in the form of a non-reliance clause) was not. The decisions emphasise that […]

Currency, cost calculations and contractual clarity

Walker Morris’ Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution, Gwendoline Davies, highlights the importance of dealing comprehensively and clearly with matters of currency and calculation in cross-border contracts…

Belgian draft Trade Secrets Act: opportunities for the life sciences sector

On 8 June 2016, the EU Trade Secrets Directive was adopted. The main purpose of the Directive was to harmonise and enhance the protection of trade secrets EU-wide and to thus create an innovation-friendly environment for businesses. The EU Member States had to implement this Directive by 9 June 2018. Belgium missed the deadline, but […]

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Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham has hired Jonathan Lawrence as a banking partner as part of its programme of growth in banking and real estate finance. He joins after four years at Allen & Overy, where he worked in real estate finance. James Chapman & Co has appointed Peter Meloy as a partner. Meloy, a […]

Slaughter and May promote six to partnership

Slaughter and May will announce six new partners on 1 May 2005. Simon Nicholls, David Watkins and Benita Yu will be made up in corporate and M&A; Mark Dwyer and Matthew Tobin, in corporate andfinance and Claire Jeffs in competition.

Slaughters scoops Goldman bid for ISS

Slaughter and May is advising Goldman Sachs Capital Partners on a Nordic private equity bid following a major charm offensive with the house. The magic circle firm is advising Goldman, a member of the PurusCo consortium, on its €2.97bn (£2.03bn) public bid for Danish cleaning company ISS. Slaughters has advised Goldman on several previous deals […]

Litigation pushes Parmalat legal expenses to €100m

Gianni Origoni set to take lion’s share of adviser payouts in insolvency bonanza Legal fees for Parmalat’s restructuring are on track to rise to an estimated €100m (£68.7m) as the company prepares for its delayed listing on the Milan Stock Exchange. Sources close to Parmalat have indicated that total advisers’ fees could hit €170m (£116.8m), with […]

Hammonds makes up fifteen after raft of exits

Hammonds is making up a record 15 new partners this year, following a year of turmoil at the firm that has seen 14 partners quit since January. Many firms in the City have made up fewer lawyers than usual in this latest partnership round, but Hammonds has bucked the trend by promoting seven more partners […]

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